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Out of the ordinary cheeses

Howard-2 Nov 28, 2002 12:45 PM

What are your favorite cheeses that are not the usual fare, but also, not impossible to find?

Some of my favorites are:

1. any ripened (brie-type) cheese made with goat's milk. Goat's milk has a nice "tang" that makes it a nice change from cow's milk brie.

2. "dolce" gorgonzola. This is gorgonzola that has a creamier, more plastic texture than regular gorgonzola, and a much sweeter taste.

3. gourmandise--kirsch-flavored I haven't seen this cheese for a while. It's a spreadable kind of cheese that comes in a wheel; very tasty and addictive.

4. morbier - a french cheese that has the color, general look, and texture of a swiss-type cheese, but without the holes

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    Lindsay B. Dec 1, 2002 09:39 PM

    What is so special about Purple Haze goat cheese, besides being organic. Discs smaller than hockey pucks sell for $17.99!

    Which cheeses have a strip of resinous bark wrapped around the rim of the rind?

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      Xochitl10 Dec 1, 2002 08:44 AM

      Cabrales -- probably my favorite blue.

      Idiazabal -- a fudgy-textured, somewhat sharp Spanish sheep's milk cheese.

      Ossau-Iraty-Brebis Pyrenees -- also fudgy-textured, earthy, tangy, rich-flavored French sheep's milk cheese. Really good with a medium Tanqueray 10 martini and baguette.

      Vacherin Mont d'Or -- I've seen this more recently in cheese shops, including the DC Dean & Deluca. It's a French cow's milk cheese, runny with an earthy, farmyard-y yet buttery flavor.


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      1. re: Xochitl10
        Limster Dec 1, 2002 08:55 PM

        I'm a fan of Vacherin Mont d'Or too. When it's not in season, I turn to Epoisses (runny, soft, with a mild pungence).

        Also love a good St Nectaire. Wonderful woodsy, almost nutty flavors.

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        SLRossi Nov 30, 2002 12:08 PM

        Telagio (sp?) is the best! - Italian, ripening cow's milk. Seems to very alot from batch to batch.

        D' Afinois - French, very soft, ripening cow's milk.

        Redwood Hills Farm Goat's Milk White Cheddar.

        Sooooo many good cheeses out there.......
        hopefully you have a good cheese shop around with knowledgable staff and that will let you taste.

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        1. re: SLRossi
          Hunter Dec 1, 2002 08:19 PM

          Second the d'affinois - like butter
          Pierre Robert

          All double/triple creme and worth every fat gram

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          Sharuf Nov 29, 2002 10:57 AM

          Limburger. Good ole Badger full-strength limberger. With some heavy black bread to go with it, and a jar of dill pickles. Haven't seen any in a long time. Haven't even seen the tame spready kind that came in little jars.

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            GG Mora Nov 29, 2002 09:43 AM

            Gjetost. It's a Scandinavian cheese -- Swedish, I think -- made from goat's milk. Smooth and sweet and melt-in-your-mouth. The flavor is a little like peanut butter, only really good peanut butter that's been aged. The whole experience is like eating candy.

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            1. re: GG Mora
              StriperGuy Nov 29, 2002 09:52 AM

              I haven't heard of Gjetost since I was a child.

              My Dad used to buy it.

              I think of it more as a sort of wierd caramely test.

              Do they still make it?

              1. re: StriperGuy
                Kirk Nov 29, 2002 10:35 AM

                If they didn't, Norwegians would be jumping into the sea after their lemmings! Gjetost and Knakbrod (flat rye bread) are almost a religion in Norway.

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                  badtaste Dec 1, 2002 06:31 PM

                  i like the cheese that comes with crackers and the red plastic stick.

                2. re: StriperGuy
                  Chris VR Nov 29, 2002 02:12 PM

                  I find it here in the US under the Ski Queen Brand. It's a small square block in a red wrapper. Yum!

                3. re: GG Mora
                  Howard-2 Nov 29, 2002 01:11 PM

                  Man, gjetost is the strangest cheese I've ever tasted! Once was quite enough! ("Once is a scientist, twice is a pervert": Voltaire.)

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                  Miles Nov 29, 2002 09:25 AM

                  1. 5 Counties; layered English cheeses (Red Leicester, Gloucester, Cheshire, Lancashire etc.)

                  2. Red Leicester by itself is an excellent substitute for waxy store cheddar

                  3. German butter cheese.

                  4. Smoked applewood cheddar

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                    Kirk Nov 29, 2002 08:47 AM

                    Manchego -- Spanish sheep's milk cheese that vastly improves with age. A favorite dessert of mine and my family is manchego with membrillos, a quince paste, and good french bread.

                    Aged Gouda -- Aging transforms this cheese, making it taste like a rich(er) parmiganno reggiano. Incredible with a glass of red dessert wine.

                    "Roaring 40s" -- An Australian cheese that is a little like a St. Andre (i.e., triple cream, brie-like), but with veins of blue running through it. A great blend of sweet/sour/salty to finish off a great meal.

                    Gotta go take my cholesterol meds now... : D

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                      tigerwoman Nov 28, 2002 01:55 PM

                      St. Andrew - a triple creme "brie"

                      Cabrales - Spanish Blue Cheese

                      Stilton - English Blue

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